Asus Transformer Prime Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Last night at CES, Nvidia and Asus announced that they will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Transformer Prime beginning from today itself.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Prime will bring it with a lot of new features including an improved performance and stability, enhanced web browser, and a few UI enhancements. This move from Asus makes it the first company and the Prime the first Android tablet to get updated Ice Cream Sandwich, beating Motorola (XOOM) and Samsung (Galaxy Tab). The company has also promised to update the original Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as possible.

The update is being rolled out via OTA and only in the United States, so all Prime owners might not get the update immediately. Interested Prime owners can follow the instructions mentioned here on how to manually update their Prime to Ice Cream Sandwich. However, keep in mind that the method might not work for everybody since it depends on the SKU of your tablet.


Acer Unveils The A700 Tablet Packing a FullHD Display and Running Ice Cream Sandwich

Acer has unveiled a bunch of new devices in a pre-CES event in Las Vegas, including ultrabooks, a new cloud service and a new tablet – the A700. The tablet had made a pre-CES special appearance in Russia late last year.

The A700 is among the first Android tablets to come with a 10.1-inch display with a whopping FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Internally, the tablet packs in a gig of RAM, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a bunch of sensors. While not the thinnest, the A700 is relatively thin with a 9.8mm waistline.

The A700 is powered by a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad-core SoC from Nvidia and runs in the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – with some minor modifications from Acer.

Acer did not announce anything about the pricing of the tablet or as to when the A700 will hit the retail stores. Compared to all the previous tablet offerings from Acer, the A700 is definitely a step up. Now, if only the company can price the tablet right and release it quickly as well.

Toshiba Excite X10 Announced; World’s Thinnest 10-Inch Tablet

Last year, Toshiba launched its first tablet device, the Toshiba Thrive at the CES 2011. This year, Toshiba announced its latest tablet device, the Toshiba Excite X10 at the CES 2012. The Toshiba Excite X10 is currently the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet. This tablet will ship with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System, but there is no need to worry, since the company has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device. The iPad 2 is 8.8 mm thick, while the Transformer Prime is 8.3 mm thick. On the other hand, the powerful Toshiba Excite X10 measures just 7.7 mm thick.

toshiba excite x10

Toshiba Excite X10 features 10.1 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1.2 Ghz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 OS), 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, DLNA capability, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and Toshiba’s SRS sound enhancement technology.

This device measures 7.7 mm and weighs just 1.2 pounds. The 16 GB version of Toshiba Excite X10 will be available for $530, while you can easily get the 32 GB version for $600. This tablet will be available from mid first quarter. Until then, check out the official pics below.

toshiba excite x10

toshiba excite x10

toshiba excite x10

toshiba excite x10

toshiba excite x10

Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 Tablet Announced; Comes With Android 4.0 & 1.5 GHz Dual-Core CPU

Along with the Lenovo S2 smartphone, the manufacturer has also unveiled the new Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This tablet runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Lenovo has skinned the Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet with the Lenovo Mondrian user interface, instead of the new Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI found in the Lenovo S2 smartphone.

lenovo idea tab s2

Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 features a 10.1 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Lenovo Mondrian UI, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB /32 GB /64 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, micro USB, micro SD card slot, micro HDMI ports, Android Market and up to 9 hours of battery life.

The Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet comes with a keyboard dock, which offers an incredible 20 hours of battery life. This device will also be first available in China, followed by other important markets worldwide. Lenovo has not yet announced the price of this device. We will update you as soon as the price is announced. Until then, check out the official pics after the break.

lenovo idea tab s2

lenovo idea tab s2

lenovo idea tab s2

1.4 Million Aakash Tablets Booked; Manufacturer Struggles to Cope with Demand

We had earlier reported that India’s Aakash tablet, also known as UbiSlate, had sold out soon after it was up for preorder. At that time, we didn’t have specific sales figures; however, Economic Times has now revealed that as many as 1.4 million Aakash tablets were ordered.

In order to cope with the unexpectedly high demand, the UK-based manufacturer, Datawind, will be establishing three new factories in India. The new manufacturing units will come up in Cochin, Noida and Hyderabad during the first half of this year. The Aakash, which retailed for less than fifty bucks, was conceived as an educational tablet. However, delays on the part of the Indian government has meant that individual customers and corporate clients will probably get the device before educational institutes.


The unexpected demand has also brought to light how ill prepared Datawind is to handle significant volumes. “We never expected such a high response from both corporate and individual buyers. We plan to supply 70,000-75,000 units per day once the factories are in place by April,” revealed Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind. Digit has highlighted that many customers are in the dark about the status of their shipment and are unsure about how to seek help. Perhaps Datawind needs to take a more proactive approach, or partner with established online retailers like Flipkart in the future.

BlackBerry PlayBook Price Drops To $299 In The US

Last week, Research-In-Motion (RIM) slashed the price of its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook in India. Now, the company has dropped the price of this tablet in the US. BlackBerry PlayBook was announced in late-2010 and it was later showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The 64 GB version of this tablet was originally priced at $699, but folks living in the US can get this device for just $299. Even the 16 GB and 32GB variant of this tablet is priced at $299. RIM has also slashed the price of BlackBerry PlayBook in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the specs after the break.

playbook price drop

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.

Other features include microHDMI, microUSB, HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $499.00
  • 32 GB $599.00
  • 64 GB $699.00

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $299.00
  • 32 GB $299.00
  • 64 GB $299.00

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £399
  • 32 GB £479
  • 64 GB £559

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £169
  • 32 GB £199
  • 64 GB £329

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB Rs.24,490

The BlackBerry PlayBook offer in India is extended only for a week. Folks living in the US can order this device at a discounted price till February 4, 2012. To order the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, head over to this page.

Acer A700 With a Whopping 10.1-inch 1920×1200 Resolution Screen Leaks!

It looks like we will be seeing some Retina Display tablets in 2012 with quad-core processors and powerful GPUs. Acer’s upcoming A700 tablet made a surprise appearance in Russia.

The A700 is a next-generation  Honeycomb  tablet, which will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. However, the most interesting part of the tablet is its 10.1-inch screen. Apparently, it has a whopping resolution of 1920×1200, higher than any other tablet in the Market currently, including the iPad 2.

Other features of the A700 include a micro-SIM card slot, micro-HDMI port, microUSB port, a hardware rotation lock switch, and a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. The tablet is mainly made out of plastic, and weighs in only 1.45lbs. Acer states that the tablet should last you 10 hours on a single charge.

It will be interesting to see how the Tegra 3 inside the A700 handles games at such a high resolution. The iPad 3 is also expected to come with a Retina Display with a similar resolution. The iPad 2 currently boasts the best hardware found inside a tablet.


Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets A Major Software Update

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA show. Few months later, Verizon released the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for its subscribers in the US. This tablet runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 3.2 update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners.

The latest update is numbered I905.EL01 and it comes with an upgrade to the Samsung TouchWiz user interface, Wi-Fi Enhanced Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 support, Built-in support for industry standard VPN clients, Additional support for more wireless Wi-Fi routers, etc. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

samsung galaxy tab 10.1


Device Features, Improvements & Fixes:

  • Fixed issue that caused email to stay bold (reflecting an unread email) even though the user has read the email.
  • Google Security Patches have been applied.
  • TouchWiz user interface has been updated.
  • Wi-Fi Enhanced Connectivity
  • DivX
  • BT 3.0 support has been added
  • Additional support has been added for more wireless Wi-Fi routers.

Applications & Widgets:

The following apps and widgets have been added:

  • AllShare
  • Memo, Penmemo
  • Photo Editor
  • My Files
  • SocialHub
  • WorldClock

The following apps and widgets have been enhanced

  • Music Player(TouchWiz)
  • Video Player(TouchWiz)

Email & Messaging:

  • Enterprise ActiveSync supports additional security policies.

Enterprise Application Support:

  • Built-in support for industry standard VPN clients like Cisco AnyConnect.
  • Strong encryption for data in transmission, hardware encryption and remote wipe capability.
  • EnhancedMobileDeviceManagement (MDM) through partnerships with Sybase and Afaria clients.

The size of the update is 351 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Ainol Novo7 Paladin: Android 4.0 Tablet for $120

Amazon’s decision to launch the $200 Kindle Fire tablet may have opened the floodgates for cheap Android tablets. Many other device manufacturers are now launch cheap tablets around the same price range, well below the price of the Apple iPad, the king of tablets worldwide. Barnes & Noble recently unveiled the Nook Tablet priced $249, and even Archos announced the new Archos 70b, a $199 Android Honeycomb tablet. We have even seen the launch of the very cheap Aakash and UbiSlate 7 tablets in India.

Now, a Chinese manufacturer has announced a $120 tablet – the Ainol Novo7 Paladin. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is probably the cheapest ICS tablet around. It is available on some seemingly legit online shopping portals like PandaWill and Merimobiles.

The Ainol Novo7 tablet is powered by a 1 GHz JZ4770 Xburst MIPS processor and a Vivante GC860 graphics processor, which can manage 1080p HD video playback. It comes with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. While the hardware isn’t spectacular, it is capable enough of running Ice Cream Sandwich. It will likely come with Android Market support as well. It’s definitely a great deal for just $120.

You can buy it online at PandaWill or Merimobiles.

Ainol Novo7 Android Tablet

AMD HD 7970 Officially Unveiled; Its A Beast In Every Sense!

AMD today launched its next-generation high-end graphics card, the Radeon HD 7970. The HD 7970 replaces the HD 6970, and is a beast in every word. The card packs in a whopping 4.3 billion transistors, and comes with 3GB of VRAM memory. The core of the 7970 is clocked at 925MHz, and comes with 2048 stream processors with a 384-bit memory bandwith bus.

The AMD HD 7970 is also the first GPU in the world to support the PCIE 3.0 slot and be compatible with DirectX 11.1. Thanks to the new ZeroCore power feature introduced by AMD in the HD 7970, the idle power draw of the GPU while displaying anything on the screen is a mere 15W, and less than 3W with a black screen. The maximum power consumption of the card is stated at 250W, just like its predecessor.

The company officials also state that the HD 7970 has a huge overclocking  potential, and can be easily overclocked to 1GHz+ speeds. Sadly, today’s announcement from AMD was just a soft-launch. The AMD HD 7970 won’t hit the retail stores in the United States before January 9th for a suggested retail price of $549. Interested buyers can read an in-depth review of the AMD HD 7970 over at AnandTech.